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Hinchingbrooke Hospital board agree merger with Peterborough

Hinchingbrooke Hospital could merge with Peterborough City Hospital. Credit: PA

The board of Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon has agreed to go ahead with the potential merger with Peterborough City Hospital.

At a public meeting today, the board accepted a recommendation to work on a full business case for the merger.

The hospitals say working together will help to ease financial pressures, but it's been criticised by the local MP Jonathan Djanogly.

Jonathan Djanogly isn't impressed by the plans. Credit: PA

We feel that we want to have a local trust, with its own board that represents local people and we are very concerned that we will be swallowed up in the whole.

I think what we saw today was a clear questioning of the financial viability of the proposed new trust.

The case financially has not yet been made and that was recognised I think by the board.

– Jonathan Djanogly MP

Concern for missing Wyton man after dog is found by police

John Hadley. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Police in Cambridgeshire say they're growing "increasingly concerned" for the welfare of an elderly man who has gone missing.

84-year-old John Hadley from Wyton near Huntingdon went to walk his dog earlier this morning on Hemingford Meadow but hasn't returned.

He was wearing a donkey jacket which has since been found along with his dog.

Police and John’s family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare and would urge anyone who has seen him, or may know where he is, to contact us immediately.

– Superintendent Nick Church

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Bomb squad in action in Huntingdon

Bomb disposal teams at work in Huntingdon Credit: Trevor Crooks

The bomb squad have been called in after reports of a suspicious package left at a bank in Huntingdon.

A police cordon has been set up on the High Street, and shoppers asked to leave buildings and shops in the town centre.

The package was found at the Santander Bank.

Are you the lottery millionaire in East Anglia who hasn't yet claimed their prize?

A £1 million lottery prize needs to be claimed in the Huntingdonshire district of Cambridgeshire. Credit: Barbara Bentele/DPA/PA Images

The National Lottery is on the hunt for the holder of a £1 million raffle ticket that is yet to be claimed.

The winning ticket was bought in the Huntingdonshire area on 23 March 2016.

The number was ROSE 6742 3684 and the lucky ticket-holder has until 19 September 2016 to claim their prize

"We’re eager to find the mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings – this amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody’s life.

“Try checking in the pockets of clothing, in wallets, bags and down the back of the sofa – someone out there could literally be sitting on a fortune!"

– National Lottery spokesperson

This prize follows hot on the heels of another £1m Lotto Millionaire Raffle prize that recently expired and was bought in the same area.

Farmers wants his village to be self-sufficient for food

The drive for one Cambridgeshire village to grow most of its own food. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A farmer from Cambridgeshire wants the village he lives in to become as self-sufficient as possible with people selling produce they've grown in their gardens or allotments.

Anthony Davison says growers could sell their surplus produce in the local shop and pub. He believes it would encourage people from Alconbury Weston near Huntingdon to appreciate locally grown food - rather than shopping in big supermarkets.

Kim Sewell who runs the village pub, the White Hart, says she would welcome the chance to put more local produce on her menu.

Mr Davison already runs the national website BigBarn.co.uk, a community interest company which helps people to find local food producers they can buy from.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sascha Williams

Hotel Chocolat founders in line to bag £20 million each

Hotel Chocolat was founded in 1993. Credit: Hotel Chocolat

The founders of Cambridgeshire's Hotel Chocolat are expected to make £20 million each when they float the company later this year.

The luxury chocolate maker, which has 84 shops and cafes across the UK, has its manufacturing plant in Huntingdon.

It's thought to be valued at £150 million.

Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris founded the business in 1993.

They believe the move will help fuel plans to roll out more stores, bolster manufacturing capacity at its Huntingdon-based plant and overhaul its website.

We are very excited at the prospect of listing as it is the next logical step in our growth plans and will enable us to accelerate the many initiatives that we have in place, in particular additional investment in our British chocolate manufacturing, in new stores and in our digital offering.

– Angus Thirlwell, Hotel Chocolat co-founder

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Speed kills: New drive to keep urban motorists to 30 mph

A new campaign has started to get drivers to stick to the 30 mile per hour limit in built-up areas. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new campaign has started to get drivers to stick to the 30 mile per hour limit in built-up areas.

Police say pedestrians are four times more likely to die if they are hit by a vehicle at 40mph as opposed to 30. One driver was even clocked at 99 miles per hour in a 30 limit.

In 2015, 72,366 people were caught speeding on 30mph roads across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

Now some forces are saying enough is enough.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

Man bailed after cold case murder arrests

A man arrested in connection with an historic murder in Cambridgeshire has been released on police bail.

Andrew Bedford was found dead in a garage in 1990 Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Andrew Bedford, 27, from Huntingdon disappeared on September 28, 1990 but was found dead in a garage in Ramsey near Peterborough later that evening. Police believe he had been shot with a shotgun.

A 56-year-old man from Southampton has been bailed until the 7th of April. He was one of eight people arrested on Wednesday in connection with the murder. The other seven have also been released on police bail.

Police appeal for sightings of missing Cambridgeshire man

Gary Sanders has been missing since 23rd December Credit: Cambridgeshire police

Cambridgeshire police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man who has been missing for just over a week.

Gary Sanders from Huntingdon was last seen at 2.30pm on the 23rd December.

Police have released a description of his clothing.

  • A Lee Cooper black coat
  • Black t-shirt
  • Dark jeans

Anyone who was has seen Gary should contact police on the 101 number.

Officers are also appealing to Gary directly to get in touch to let them know he is safe and well.

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